Versace Metallic Leather Shoulder Bag, $1625 via Net-a-Porter

Over the past few seasons, I’ve tried to be optimistic about Versace and its bags. I’ve been a long-time skeptic of the brand’s accessories while still being a big fan of the brand’s clothing, both ready-to-wear and atelier, and it’s seemed at times that the bags were just one or two steps away from where they should be. I was hopeful.

As happens so often in life, though, my hopes have been summarily dashed by the Versace Leather Shoulder Bag. This is the kind of thing you’d find in the depths of Paris Hilton’s closet circa 2001, and we all know that’s not a compliment in even the faintest sense.

Foiled leather is an exceptionally difficult look to pull off – it almost always looks tacky and cheap, that’s just the nature of the beast. That effect is amplified by the magenta color chosen for this bag, complete with matching oversized magenta chain handle. One handle wasn’t enough, though; no, the designers also added in a woven leather handle in the same magenta foiled leather, this one far too bulky for the (thankfully) petite proportion of the bag.

Oh, Donatella. I felt like we were so close for a little while there. The Versace x H&M collaboration was great (even if the bags were the absolute worst part of it), I’ve loved the past few runway shows…why can’t you throw the bag lovers a bone? Or at least a bag not made out of ugly? Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1625.

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  • Madi

    Oh, my god. That is hideous.

  • rose60610

    It’s kind of like “Barbie goes gangsta” after discovering rainbow colored Reynolds wrap in the supermarket. The handle itself had possibilities, but the rest of it just says “no”.

  • Fiona-Brazil

    The Metallic Leather idea ( remember the pink Balenciaga ) is kind of playful, but the model of this bag is not pretty at all, to fussy…Make a choice : metallic color or strange shape.

  • Lorie

    Didn’t I see this at the dollar store in the kids section packaged with a plastic pink crown and a plastic string of purple beads?

  • katia

    Pfff, so hootchy mama….
    Like the handle! But the rest no words!

  • M Martell
  • 19yearslater

    Eeee, way too much going on here. Definitely two steps in the wrong direction.

  • mochababe73

    I actually like this bag, but I would need to have the chain removed.

  • Lori

    So ugly its shocking. Do the designers actually look at their creations?

  • J Umm

    i want to vom. i think she thinks that everyone wants to dress like minaj/gaga. and its like NO.


  • Love my bag

    I have this bag in white and I love my bag.. They make a lot of other colours too.. So those who don’t like this colour choose another ..